New Zealand’s largest grocery retailer, Foodstuffs North Island, has partnered with Fortinet to replace its legacy network infrastructure and centralise its network configuration as part of a major infrastructure refresh, following a successful nine-month pilot program.

Foodstuffs North Island was looking to refresh its end-of-life network hardware to a more modern, reliable and secure network solution for its 328 stores.

The grocery retailer deployed the Fortinet FortiGate solution, delivering SD-WAN, secure gateway and border gateway protocol (BGP) connectivity within each of the Foodstuffs North Island stores. FortiGate provides a central configuration point for the North Island stores, making it a cost-effective solution.

Foodstuffs North Island head of IT operations and security, Campbell Mander said it was important to provide a scaled network solution across different store sizes that is robust and provides the service stores need.

“Foodstuffs North Island wanted to establish a clear vision for its network solutions, looking at what 10 years into the future would look like for the co-operative and wanted to partner with a vendor that would support that vision,” he said.

“Fortinet provides us with a foundational solution that, at a technology layer, lets us build the digital experiences that customers demand. With more connected systems in stores, distribution centres, support centres, and main data centres, Foodstuffs North Island required these locations and devices to talk to each other and to be secure.”

Fortinet regional director Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Jon McGettigan said the pandemic has put pressure on many industries and an essential service such as food supply must be reliable, resilient and secure. “It was therefore strategically important for Foodstuffs North Island to deploy a sustainable, supportable network solution that would futureproof the business and enable a positive digital experience.”